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CUT- IT- OUT!

CUT- IT- OUT!

Your dog is perfect right? Sure, mine too. But if I really thought about it my dog can be kind of “needy” from time to time. No matter what the dog’s upbringing your dog might be more “pushy” and in your space than you would like. I have observed this behavior in pedigree dogs with […]

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  October 3, 2016   No comments
Rules are for Fools

Rules are for Fools

Credit Van Halen for teaching a generation that rules are meant to be broken. New clients come to me and begin learning my approach to training their dog but quickly they fall victim to the all to common business of “self shaming”. Many of us turn on ourselves when we are filled with self-doubt. Clients […]

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  September 28, 2016   No comments
“I Want You… To Want Me”

“I Want You… To Want Me”

By Eric Gillaspy CPDT-KA Dogs need to interact with us in order to have an enriched and healthy life. They really only repeat behaviors that work out for them or in other words that are reinforcing. Remember what we say, “dogs do what works” (D.D.W.W.).  If we want them to be well-behaved dogs, we have […]

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  August 25, 2016   No comments
The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye

By: Drew Webster, CPDT-KA A lot can happen in 15 years. One thing is for sure, I am not the man I used to be. 15 years ago my heart was stolen by a fluffy black and white puppy in a pet store located in the shopping mall in Greeley, Colorado. I know, a pet […]

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  August 19, 2016   No comments
Personality Problems

Personality Problems

By: Drew Webster, CPDT-KA The assumption that your dog’s “personality” is stable and consistent and determines many of the reactions and behaviors that he will have throughout his life may be the problem keeping you from achieving your training goals. Most of the labels are assigned to dogs are just social constructs used to explain […]

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  August 12, 2016   No comments
A Case for Space

A Case for Space

By: Drew Webster, CPDT-KA Why is it that so many dogs in the neighborhood do great off leash but can’t walk past each other on leash? Think about this situation from the dog point of view. Dogs in a natural state would not square their bodies up at each other, walk in a straight line […]

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  July 27, 2016   No comments
My dog is aggressive on leash, what do I do?

My dog is aggressive on leash, what do I do?

When most people say their dog is “aggressive” they simply mean the dog is reactive. A show of aggression (snarling, baring teeth, barking, lunging) is usually a way for dogs to actually avoid conflict so a dog showing aggression and being aggressive are very different things. Reactive simply means your dog shows an “undesirable” response […]

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  May 27, 2016   No comments
Animals on the Mind Conference

Animals on the Mind Conference

This was one of those overwhelmingly inspirational weeks for me. The Institute for Human Animal Connection (IHAC) hosted their practitioners conference inviting esteemed colleagues from a variety of fields involving Human Animal Interactions (HAI) to converge on the University of Denver for a two day seminar. These professionals examined anything that could provide evidence and […]

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  May 17, 2016   No comments
Food for Thought

Food for Thought

I am always surprised how reluctant owners and people who work with dogs are to utilize food as a valuable reward. Let’s keep it simple, food is freaking important! It is a primary resource animals can’t live without. Everyone is really into treat training in puppy class but as soon as the dog reaches adulthood […]

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  May 3, 2016   No comments
Margarita’s and Mourning

Margarita’s and Mourning

By: Drew Webster, CPDT-KA On a particularly sunny Monday afternoon a simple errand turned into a “margarita Monday” excuse. One of those “oh why not” kind of nights. Well as luck would have it we sat outside enjoying the sunshine next to a friendly, chatty couple and their cute little dog called “Marty”. The couple […]

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  April 6, 2016   No comments